smorgasbord

A smorgasbord is an assortment of different things — a magazine might feature a smorgasbord of stories on a wide variety of subjects.

Use the noun smorgasbord when you're talking about a selection of things, like a fabulous breakfast buffet, a long list of college classes you could take, or a motley group of camping companions. In Swedish, a smörgåsbord is a table full of different sandwich offerings. It literally means "butter goose table," from smörgås, which alternately means "bread and butter," and "bread and goose," plus bord, or "table."

Definitions of smorgasbord
  1. noun
    a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
    “a veritable smorgasbord of religions”
    synonyms: assortment, medley, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, mixture, motley, potpourri, salmagundi, variety
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    grab bag
    an assortment of miscellaneous items
    witch's brew, witches' brew, witches' broth
    a fearsome mixture
    range
    a variety of different things or activities
    selection
    an assortment of things from which a choice can be made
    farrago, gallimaufry, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, melange, mingle-mangle, mishmash, oddments, odds and ends, omnium-gatherum, ragbag
    a motley assortment of things
    alphabet soup
    a confusing assortment
    sampler
    an assortment of various samples
    band
    a range of frequencies between two limits
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    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
  2. noun
    an assortment of foods starting with herring or smoked eel or salmon etc with bread and butter; then cheeses and eggs and pickled vegetables and aspics; finally hot foods; served as a buffet meal
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    buffet
    a meal set out on a buffet at which guests help themselves
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